The Week in Racing

Chart notes (Equibase) from American racetracks last week:

Regalstone “vanned off” at Portland
Flashy Gold “vanned off” at Turf
Compadre Sam “suffered a severe leg injury…fell…euthanized” at Turf
Cayoke Star “fell, DNF” at Turf
Good At Goodbye “vanned off” at Zia
Two Dollar Pistol “vanned off” at Zia
Cape Ann “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Leatherhead Lurie “anxious in the gate…vanned off” at Penn
Bess’ Girl “fell, vanned off” at Penn
Carolina Shag “vanned off” at Aqueduct
Alex’s Stand RVF “pulled up lame, vanned off” at Penn
Afoolandhismoney “vanned off” at Delta
Goncharova “vanned off” at Golden Gate
Chidamac “took a bad step…vanned off” at Los Alamitos
Tanner’s Popsicle “stopped badly…then collapsed…vanned off” at Remington
No Lak of Speed “pulled up lame” at Remington
Great Lou “collapsed just past the finish line…vanned off” at Gulfstream
Kilo “vanned off” at Tampa Bay
Small Town Cop “vanned off” at Golden Gate
Flattrip “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Awesome Buddy “vanned off” at Gulfstream
Royal Fashion “vanned off” at Turf

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    • Most horses that are vanned off die due to their injuries. Patrick’s FOI reports confirm this fact. A small percentage survive, some of whom resume racing, some of whom end up in the slaughterhouse and some of whom are rescued.
      The horror story continues for these innocent noble horses……

    • It is not, Martha. It simply means the horse was unable to walk off under his own power, ambulanced back to the barn. Many, if not most, of the “vanned” do indeed end up euthanized; and, of course, slaughter is a distinct possibility for those who aren’t.

    • Abolish horse racing. It is inherently cruel to horses. They are innocent victims of human greed, ego, and indifference.

  1. This kind of brutality has to stop. It appears horses are running when they were not up to running. Animal abuse and torture. I think horses should not be used for this lousy way for owners to potentially make money even though their horses are injured. The horses who do race and don’t do a good job their they sent to the slaughter auctions. What a waste.

  2. Totally disgusting 22 horses van driver off last week. No telling how many died or were euthanized. People are so disgusted how ruthless owners and trainers are. How about trying compassion and stop pushing th se poor horses beyond their limit.

    All for the almighty dollar and egos. How pathetic

  3. Horse Racing is a inhumane, cruel sport that only humans get enjoyment out of it. These young baby horses are run at 2 years old, their bones are not fully developed and strong yet. The drugging of these magnificient animals, to numb their pain and injuries is so blatantly evil I wish it was the jockeys, owners and trainers who are “vanned” off. Ban Horse Racing Forever, Save these beautiful animals.

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